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“On Hold” nomination taken into Niantic Voting?

NvlblNm-PGONvlblNm-PGO Posts: 4 ✭✭

I put a nomination “On Hold” because I wasn’t ready for it to go into voting.

I made an edit to it, then tried to make another edit and got an error. When I refreshed the page, I found that my nomination was now “In Voting” with a fancy little Niantic logo next to it.

I wasn’t ready for this nomination to be voted on and expected that I would continue to be able to edit it until I released the hold.

Why was my nomination pulled into voting before I released the hold?

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  • cyndiepooh-INGcyndiepooh-ING Posts: 660 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NianticGiffard please check on this! The whole point of putting things on hold is that they are not ready to go into voting. Any voting!

  • TheQutestOfBorg-PGOTheQutestOfBorg-PGO Posts: 29 ✭✭✭

    I have just experienced the same issue - the nomination that I placed on hold went into Niantic Voting as I was attempting to edit it. I wasn't quite done editing, and now one of pieces of supporting information isn't as accurate as I would like it to be.

  • Howierag-PGOHowierag-PGO Posts: 2 ✭✭

    I just posted about this on the Wayfarer reddit. This happened to me yesterday and just as you stated, it also happened when I hit refresh. Luckily I had finished doing all my edits and the nomination was complete. I am glad it's technically "in voting" but still could be very frustrating for future nominations and edits! Hope it gets addressed soon! :)

  • TheQutestOfBorg-PGOTheQutestOfBorg-PGO Posts: 29 ✭✭✭

    Update on this issue (I will speak for myself and let the others chime in as they like). I have a reason to believe, with a high level of certainty, that Niantic Voting was triggered by a word contained in my supporting text. The word in question was "V1rg1n1a" - which is the name of a street. (Btw, I'm not sure if replacing "i" with "1" will keep me out of trouble here - we'll see.)

    So I have a couple of questions about this. First, does this seem like overcensoring things a little? The word in question has a lot of legitimate uses - in my case, it's part of a street name. 

    And, second - what is going to happen to our nominations that were flagged in this manner? Will we be receiving a decision directly from Niantic? Will these be returned back into Queue? And how long might it take? I'm starting to get a little nervous as it's been 11 days since my nomination was taken, without any change.

    @NianticGiffard, or anyone else - could you please help us understand what's happening here and what to expect?

  • Belahzur-INGBelahzur-ING Posts: 400 ✭✭✭✭

    Adding my 2c.

    Subbed something today from a place here in the UK called Laisterďŷҟҿ (the last 4 letters, character map is too good for avoiding stupid low level word filters) it instantly went into Niantic review. I understand Niantic take things at random, take enough stuff and your bound to find something that was taken too quickly, so playing the game of odds, I submitted it again, same exact text, instantly went into Niantic voting for the 2nd time.... that seems a lot less like RNG suddenly.

    Submitted it a 3rd time, this time the text was just "edit" placeholder text, only this time, no Niantic review. So clearly something in the text instantly triggers Niantic review, re-worded my description and took the L word above out of my description and it's fine, still no Niantic review.

    So now we'll see who's faster, my upgrades, or Nia-review and which one gets duped.

  • Belahzur-INGBelahzur-ING Posts: 400 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 6


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  • NvlblNm-PGONvlblNm-PGO Posts: 4 ✭✭

    Hey @NianticGiffard , I think that @TheQutestOfBorg-PGO and @Belahzur-ING are onto something here.

    It looks like I might be risking a forum ban for typing out this word, but the last thing I was able to do before my nomination was ruthlessly ripped from On Hold into Niantic Voting added the word “Virginiana”.

    Given that biologists use this term when naming things strongly associated with the state of Virginia (I’m suddenly very glad I’m not trying to submit anything historical there!), it seems like a relatively harmless word that probably shouldn’t be problematic in a nomination, even if we’re talking about a Virginia Pine.

    Regardless as to how problematic a scientific taxonomy is, it’s concerning that my nomination entered voting before I released the hold. I could certainly understand Niantic wanting to do a little extra verification in some cases, but why is this happening before I’ve had a chance to complete my nomination?

  • fpopp21-PGOfpopp21-PGO Posts: 43 ✭✭✭

    A similar problem just happened to me. I submitted a nomination with one-word placeholders as title, description and supporting info, because I prefer to type the text on the Wayfarer website (as probably many others also do). However, when I logged in (like 5 minutes later), the nomination was already marked as in voting by Niantic, and I am no longer able to edit it and add proper text.

    Please, make it so that even nominations that are marked for Niantic voting have a 24-hour cooldown in which they can be edited or put on hold.

  • ABsoluteNOthing-PGOABsoluteNOthing-PGO Posts: 12 ✭✭

    same thing happened to me except i checked a few hours later, quite frustrating. wish i could withdraw at least

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